Monday, February 18, 2013

Reading Assessment

For our Reading Assessment I mainly use the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA).  I like to assess the students at least once every trimester. Sometimes it's more often if the student is suddenly making outstanding progress and their current leveled books are too easy.
I've made several copies of each assessment and they are stored in the folders for easy access. This way if I need to go up, or down a level, the copies are already made and ready to go. I like the DRA because it includes a running record as well as a rubric for comprehension. Comprehension is where my students really struggle, so it's nice to have their progress documented by level.
Assessment results are recorded on the student's Guided Reading Log, and their DRA Continuum folders in their Student Portfolios. I like using the DRA Continuum folders because it can keep track of the student's progress all in one place. It's sometimes very slow progress and I want to make sure to really celebrate when progress happens!
Occasionally, when a student has read the same DRA assessment more than once I will use the Rigby Benchmark Assessment instead. The comprehension part is not as in-depth, that's why I prefer the DRA.


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